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Federal NHTSA Unsafe at Any Speed


Tuesday September 16th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:17am PDT   •   0 Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration purports to hold the safety of American motorists in high esteem, but according to a recent investigation reported by the Boston Globe, the federal agency is slow to identify safety problems and tentative to take action. This is not a new development. As we noted in April, NHTSA...
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IRS Bureaucrat Paid for Nothing


Tuesday September 16th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

If you’ve been following the IRS Scandal involving IRS employees denying tax-exempt status to a number of non-profit groups opposed to President Obama’s political agenda, you’re familiar with the name Lois Lerner — especially if you’re familiar with the IRS claim that it had “lost” all of the senior manager’s, and many of her associates‘,...
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Low Morale at the Department of Labor


Friday September 12th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:38am PDT   •   0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor must be an awful place to work. We know that must be the case because of the things that the Department of Labor spends money on for the purpose of “improving” the morale of its employees. Kyle Smith asks some questions about some of DoL’s more curious expenditures: An...
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CashForGovSnoops.Con


Wednesday September 10th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:14am PDT   •   0 Comments

In 1950, Congress created the National Science Foundation “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.” In fiscal year 2014 the NSF deploys a budget of $7.2 billion, and remains the “major source of federal backing” for “mathematics, computer science and the social...
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Taxpayers Must Sweat the Small Stuff


Monday September 8th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:05am PDT   •   0 Comments

As this column observes, government costs are high because of new federal entitlements such as Obamacare, the federal stimulus program, excessive military spending, the war on drugs, bloated bureaucracy, and new federal agencies such as the Consumer Finance Protection bureau, to name just a few of the big-ticket items. Government costs also run high...
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The Expanding Regulation of the American People


Monday September 8th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:52am PDT   •   0 Comments

The Mercatus Center has been busy developing a new online database that quantifies just how the number of regulations governing every activity of the American people has grown since 1997. RegData 2.0 doesn’t just give a high-level summary, it allows readers to drill down into the U.S. federal government’s regulatory morass to quantify where...
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What 20 UVA Students Did over Summer Vacation


Friday September 5th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:14am PDT   •   0 Comments

This summer, twenty graduate students at the University of Virginia who participated in a cross-disciplinary course on the national debt created a 10-minute YouTube video to help their fellow Millennials better understand where it comes from and also the consequences of the national debt. NBC reports: Students of the Institute for Business in Society,...
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Uncovered California, Continued


Thursday September 4th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PDT   •   0 Comments

For years private health care managed by greedy insurance companies had left thousands without coverage. Then Covered California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare, rushed to the rescue. Now everybody has with easy access, lower costs and superior care. That glowing government narrative leaves out a few harsh realities. As Emily Bazar of the...
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Highway Safety Fail


Monday September 1st, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:16am PDT   •   0 Comments

Do government bureaucrats really care about the safety of the public? We ask that question today because of a disturbing report released by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General, who found that a number of states have failed to spend millions of dollars of grants they received from the federal government to improve safety...
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Labor Day Recalls Ruling Class Rip-offs


Monday September 1st, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:50am PDT   •   0 Comments

The federal holiday of Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is supposed to be a tribute to American workers. While enjoying a day off, if they get one—government employees do—those workers might use the occasion to recall some other realities, including a longstanding government rip-off. As we noted in July, for 71 years...
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